HPC Honors Elizabeth Ann Richardson


On Tuesday, May 22, 2018, the Mishawaka Historic Preservation Commission honored Elizabeth Ann Richardson with the placement of a historical marker at Richardson's former home located at 834 Lincolnway East. Ms. Richardson volunteered with the American Red Cross in 1944 during World War II, serving as a Clubmobile captain.

Local historian Peter DeKever, homeowner Mark Voelker, Mayor Dave Wood, Councilwoman and homeowner Kate Voelker, and Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Doug Merritt at the unveiling of the Elizabeth Richardson Historical Marker.

(photo credit: Cliff Zenor)  

 

Background

Elizabeth Ann Richardson grew up in Mishawaka, Indiana graduating from Mishawaka High School in 1936 and later from Milwaukee-Downer College.

In 1944, she left her job in advertising and joined the American Red Cross. The 25-year-old was eventually assigned to serve on a “Clubmobile” - a single-decker bus that travelled throughout England, providing coffee, fresh doughnuts, chewing gum, cigarettes, newspapers, and other amenities to American GIs. The opportunity for battle weary soldiers to experience some of the small conveniences and reminders of home generally lifted spirits and boosted morale.

Elizabeth died at the age of 27 while traveling to Paris when the military plane she was in crashed near Rouen, France. She was laid to rest in the American Cemetery in Normandy, one of only four women buried there.

 


Information sources:

National Archives, Prologue Magazine, "Wearing Lipstick to War", @2007 James H. Madison

Online blog, Out and About with Mary Kay, "Elizabeth A. Richardson, An American Red Cross Volunteer Buried at the American Cemetery In Normandy", Mary K. Bosshart